The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible. As a global tour operator, we take our role in tourism very seriously.
We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.
On many of our Africa trips, we visit National Parks and conservations and the entrance fees are always included on the tour price. On this tour, we visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, Matobos National Park and Kruger National Park. The entrance fees help towards conservation of the Parks and to ensure the safety and welfare of the animals.
We provide most of the meals on this tour and always source our produce locally. This ploughs imperative financial support back into the community and economy and gives our travellers a real ‘taste’ of their destination. We often visit National Parks that have shops or markets nearby and we always encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs made by local people to support their income, rather than going to a bigger chain. Often the greatest, one off souvenir came from that solo shop on the corner.
Another way we support the local economy is by taking our travellers to a village tavern to try some local brewed beer.
As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
We currently support the Thusanani Children’s Foundation that works to prevent and treat developmental delay in orphaned and vulnerable South African children, aged 0-6 in the children’s homes where they live.
As this tour uses largely camping accommodation, it has some of the least carbon emissions in comparison to accommodated tours. We offset 509.00kgspp on this trip. We are proud to be a carbon neutral company; we offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. Through these schemes, significant financial contributions are being made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travellers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects, equating to over AU$1 million since 2007. Since then, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!